Crafty Chick Knits

Ramblings about knitting, life, and whatnot.

Thursday, March 31, 2005

Blogger MIA

I know I have been MIA for a few days. Work has been crazy, and I haven't been home until after 9:00 this week. At least it's almost Friday. Yeah!!! I love my job most of the time, but I hate it when it takes over my life like this.

I started on the Honeymoon Cami over the weekend. I knitted a swatched, and the gauge looked pretty good, but I think the product looks a little small so far. I don't want to rip it out because I don't think the yarn would handle it well. It splits like crazy, and when I ripped out the yarn I used for the swatch it was a mess. I know that it will be a little stretchy, but I don't need it to be obscene (although my husband says he doesn't mind if it is and I just wear it around the house). I've gone through about a ball and a half, so I guess I could just get rid of what I've done so far and start over, but then I may have to buy all new yarn because what are the chances of matching a dyelot on yarn I've bought over the Internet? What's a girl to do?

Monday, March 21, 2005

A Few More Rows

Well I guess I managed to squeeze in more than just a few more rows of knitting over the weekend. However, I did manage to drop a lot of cash fulfilling my Maid Of Honor Duties. I told my husband that I can't even add up how much money I've spent so far on this wedding because it's making me panic. I have to just do it for my friend and not think about it. I think I've spent over $300 on the clothes alone, and haven't had my alterations done yet. Then there is the Bachelorette party I have to throw and the shower for 40 people!! Yikes! At least everyone is chipping in on the Bachelorette party, but I have decided to forego asking for help paying for the shower. I don't really want to include the other bridesmaids in the planning of the shower (they are either flaky or live out of town) so I decided to suck it up and foot the bill myself. Is it tacky to make it a potluck lunch? I am definitely not a culinary whiz, and have no idea how to feed 40 people.

On the knitting front, I am almost done with section 10 of my Color On Color scarf. The knitting is fun, but it is tedious to separate all the strands of yarn before I can even begin to knit. I have decided that my goal is just to finish by fall, which will probably be the next time I can use it anyway. I'm itching to start on the Honeymoon Cami, but I made myself promise yesterday that I would finish one of the other projects I have in progress before I start. So I finished crocheting my blue purse last night. I have to just sew on the button, button loop, and handles, and then I'll be done. I should have pictures by the end of the week. All-in-all it was a fun and quick project. And just because I like to get ahead of myself, I ordered the yarn for the Zipper Sweater. However, I promised my friend that I wouldn't start to work on it until she started hers, so I think I have a few weeks to get something finished.

All right, I guess I have a few things I should finish before I get out of work today. Until later, Happy Knitting!

Friday, March 18, 2005

Best Pal Ever! And Little Knitting News

Ok, my secret pal is the best! I got her package this week. Look at all the goodies:



She made this super cute purse. It's just the right size, and I love all the colors. I haven't tried felting yet either, so I loved seeing the finished project.



She also sent this kit to make a hemp Shop Til You Drop bag. She must have been totally reading my mind on this one because I saw the pattern for this in my Pattern-A-Day calendar, and knew I had to make it. She also sent me the Flower Basket Shawl pattern I wanted for my pink Knit Picks alpaca yarn, and a really cute card, and just when I thought the surprises were done for this week, I opened my mail today to find a St. Patrick's Day card with a little leprechaun on the front. Thanks so much Pal! You're the best!

I have very little knitting progress to report this week. I haven't knitted for days! Work has been kicking my butt lately and even on days when I haven't gotten home late from work I have been too tired to knit. However, here is a picture of my progress so far on the Color On Color Scarf:


I still have a long way to go. Maybe I'll get some work done this weekend. I am going to be busy fulfilling my Maid of Honor duties for my friend (I guess Matron of Honor is a more appropriate title, but Matron sounds so old!), but I hope to get a few rows of knitting squeezed in between shopping for bridesmaid shoes and stuffing invitations.

Of course I found another project to start.
I love this sweater! I found it in the Hollywood Knits Style book. I know people have a lot of complaints about this book, but there were several patterns I wanted to make, and the small sizing is perfect for me (skinny with little boobs). I was going to hold off on making it for a while, but a friend at work wants to knit the sweater with me, so I will probably start soon.
Well my husband is urging me to come watch our TiVoed episode of this weeks' Amazing Race so I better get to it. Until later, Happy Knitting!

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Help Please

Ok, this is my request for help today. I bought two hanks of Alpaca Cloud from Knit Picks just because I liked it, but now I'm not really sure to make with it. I'm thinking a shawl would be nice, but don't yet have a pattern I like. Any suggestions? I'd love to hear from anyone who has knitted a shawl they really enjoyed, and would like to pass a pattern along.

I have done virtually no knitting this week so far. Work has been so busy I just want to collapse on the couch every night when I get home. Every Thursday night we get together with some friends for dinner, and usually end up watching a movie or something, so it might be a good opportunity to get something done tonight. I did knit a swatch last night. I am part of the Yarn of the Month Club, and in this month's pack of samples, there was some yarn made from Recycled Sari Silk. I thought it would be great to knit up a purse for my boss for her birthday (thank goodness it's in July because I have enough projects going on now). She is a world traveller and I think she would appreciate that kind of yarn. It's beautiful, so I think I'll order the yarn so I'm ready to start when I get another project finished.

I do have some pictures of my Color on Color, but haven't had time to upload them. I'll have to get them up here soon.

Until Later, Happy Knitting!

Friday, March 04, 2005

Rant and Rave

Ok, so I need to rant this morning. I woke up ready to face the last day at work for this week only to find that we had no hot water in our condo. So we tried calling the "emergency" number on our contact list for our condo association to get the maintenance guy to come out and check the water heater. The funny thing is that he can somehow block his number to only receive calls during certain hours. I guess he thinks emergencies only happen when it's convenient for him. We couldn't get a hold of him even by 7:30, so I had to suck it up and take a freezing cold shower before heading off to work. At least it wasn't too cold out this morning, but what good is having an emergency contact when you can't even get a hold of him when you need to??!!!

I started the color on color scarf this week. I realized that I really suck at picking up stitches. I don't know if there is any short cut or easier way to do it, but it seems to take me forever. I have such a hard time catching the yarn and pulling through the stitch. I'm on section seven now, and can't stop looking at the pictures and imagining what it will look like when I'm finished. I'll try to post some pics over the weekend. I should be able to get some work done on it this afternoon before the hubby gets home.

I hope everyone has a great weekend. Until later, happy knitting!

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